After four years of incarceration, Sgt. Larry Hutchins, USMC, exonerated last month on appeal but transferred from Ft. Leavenworth and held in Camp Pendleton, is finally free tonight, pending the Navy’s decision on whether to initiate further persecution prosecution.
For the first time in four years, Sgt. Hutchins is in USMC uniform, eating dinner in a restaurant as a free man. He will soon see his family as a free man. While we do not know what the future holds, for Sgt. Hutchins or anyone else, we can celebrate the freedom of a Marine for the moment.
How appropriate it is to have had this happen on Flag Day. May God Bless you, Sgt. Hutchins, and all those, especially Sgt. Tim Harrington, who have worked so hard these last four years for his release.